Kanon Tipton is a preacher who has become a YouTube sensation, brought congregations to their feet, and appeared in a television special. Yet he still has other challenges ahead — like starting the first grade.

Dubbed the “world’s youngest preacher,’’ the 4-year-old from Mississippi has galvanized audiences in person and online, where videos of his energetic sermons have been viewed more than four million times. He is merely the latest in line in his family, precociously following in the footsteps of his Pentecostal preacher grandfather and father.

Tipton and his parents, Damon and Kandi, spoke with TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie in the studio on Tuesday about Kanon’s rare gift, which will be featured in a special called “Pint-Sized Preachers’’ premiering Wednesday at 10 p.m. on the National Geographic Channel.

Off the pulpit, Kanon doesn’t preach on command. But when the mood strikes him, he works the microphone like an old pro.

Continue Reading on today.msnbc.msn.com